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Pompeo says U.S. will help prevent Latin American protests becoming riots

Pompeo says U.S. will help prevent Latin American protests becoming riots
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir   -   Copyright  FRANCOIS LENOIR(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday accused Cuba and Venezuela of attempting to hijack democratic protests in Latin America, vowing that Washington would support countries trying to prevent unrest in the region from turning into riots.

Amid recent demonstrations in a number of countries in the region, Pompeo stepped up the allegations that Cuba and Venezuela had helped stir up unrest during his speech in Kentucky, but offered few specifics to back his comments.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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